Definition of symposium
symposiaplay \-zē-ə, -zh(ē-)ə\ or
1a : a convivial party (as after a banquet in ancient Greece) with music and conversationb : a social gathering at which there is free interchange of ideas
2a : a formal meeting at which several specialists deliver short addresses on a topic or on related topics — compare colloquiumb : a collection of opinions on a subject; especially : one published by a periodicalc : discussion
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Examples of symposium in a Sentence
Professors and graduate students attended the symposium.
recently attended a daylong symposium on new methods of chromatography
Recent Examples of symposium from the Web
The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency and the Urban Land Institute will hold a symposium June 23 to detail a $500 million investment opportunity in the Pompano Beach Innovation District.
Corless part of scholarship symposiumNaperville resident Abigail Corless participated in the University of Findlay's 2017 Symposium for Scholarship and Creativity.
But the symposium’s final response, which came right after Sontag’s, was rather moderate.
Presidential historians and journalists, for instance, will gab at conferences and symposia about Kennedy — such as the one at the Palely Center for Media in New York on June 13 to talk about JFK's use of TV to transform the presidency.
The symposium's thrust is artistic approaches to VR, and an inquiry into the aesthetic, political, and practical concerns of this new medium.
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Did You Know?
It was drinking more than thinking that drew people to the original symposia and that gave us the word symposium. The ancient Greeks would often follow a banquet with a drinking party they called a "symposion." That name came from "sympinein," a verb that combines pinein, meaning "to drink," with the prefix syn-, meaning "together." Originally, English speakers only used "symposium" to refer to such an ancient Greek party, but in the 18th century British gentlemen's clubs started using the word for gatherings in which intellectual conversation was fueled by drinking. By the 19th century, "symposium" had gained the more sober sense we know today, describing meetings in which the focus is more on the exchange of ideas and less on imbibing.
Origin and Etymology of symposium
Latin, from Greek symposion, from sympinein to drink together, from syn- + pinein to drink — more at potable
First Known Use: 1711
SYMPOSIUM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of symposium for English Language Learners
: a formal meeting at which experts discuss a particular topic
: a collection of articles on a particular subject
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